December 2011 – Robyn Guymer – Bionic Vision

Professor Robyn Guymer,  Program Leader, Clinical and Surgical Research,  Bionic Vision Australia

A Retinal Specialist Professor Guymer is the Head of the Macular Research Unit at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). Prior to this, she undertook a two-year medical retinal fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London under Professor Alan Bird, for which she was awarded a Royal Australian College of Surgeons travelling fellowship. She is a practising clinician, appointed as a medical retinal consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).
In 2002, Professor Guymer was awarded the Amgen medical researcher award for her ability to translate basic science into clinical practice though her work in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the genetic study of which she had initiated at CERA, establishing the McComas molecular genetics laboratory in 1997. She conducts clinical trials into AMD treatment and epidemiological studies into its risk factors and has been responsible for introducing new treatments and investigative tools to the RVEEH.
Research interests
Professor Guymer’s finely honed clinical skills and many years of research into AMD make her one of the most important figures in Australian AMD research, a matter that has been recognised by funding support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia.
Contribution to bionic eye project
Professor Guymer’s contribution to the bionic eye project is two-fold. Firstly, it is to establish clinical tests for appropriate selection of implant recipients, and assessing and monitoring eye health, visual performance and vision-related quality of life, pre- and post-implementation.
Secondly, Professor Guymer’s contribution is to develop safe and reproducible surgical procedures for implantation of the wide-view and high-acuity neurostimulators for animal and human studies and to lead surgical aspects of the first human tests of the wide-view neurostimulator at the RVEEH.

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8th December 2011


Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142